Last Updated on March 18, 2022 by
One of the most frequently asked questions about hoverboards is how long hoverboards take to charge.
Hoverboards have lithium-ion batteries that, depending on the size and quality, can vary in overall performance and charging times.
But, in this short and simple guide, we break it down by running through the average charging time for hoverboards, how long hoverboard batteries last, and how long hoverboards can be used for.
Make sure to keep reading to find out everything there is to know about hoverboard batteries, charging times, and hoverboard battery life.
How Long Does A Hoverboard Take To Charge?
The short answer? A standard self-balancing hoverboard will take at least 2-3 hours to reach a full charge.
It goes without saying that smaller hoverboards will be quicker to charge, while larger hoverboards with bigger wheels and higher top speeds will take longer to charge.
As hoverboard battery life degrades over time, this can affect how long it will take to charge.
How Do You Charge A Hoverboard?
As hoverboards are electric (fitted with lithium batteries), charging a hoverboard is as simple as plugging into an appropriate power outlet – specifically an electric wall socket.
It’s also possible to charge hoverboards at public charging points.
As with any electronic device, it is recommended to use the original charger provided by the manufacturer – or a recommended alternative. This ensures that the hoverboard charges safely, properly, and quickly.
How Do You Know When A Hoverboard Is Fully Charged?
Most modern self-balancing hoverboards will have a small LED indicator light that visibly displays whether the hoverboard is fully charged, charging, or if you need more battery charge.
As an example, a green light might indicate a full charge, a red light might indicate a flat battery, and a blinking light, or an orange light, might indicate that the hoverboard is charging or is getting low on charge.
Can You Leave Your Hoverboard To Charge Overnight?
It is not advisable to leave your hoverboard charging overnight as you will be overcharging it by around 4-5 hours. This can degrade the lithium-Ion battery and mean that it will need charging more often and for longer periods.
How Long Can A Hoverboard Run For?
Most standard hoverboards, however, can run from anything between 1- 4 hours continuously, after a single charge, before the battery dies/goes flat.
What will determine how fast a hoverboard drains is the maintained speed of the hoverboard during use (higher speeds will require more power), as well as the general health of the battery (newer batteries will perform better than older batteries).
What’s the average Hoverboard Battery Life?
As for how long hoverboard batteries last, you can expect most hoverboards to last a few years on average before the battery becomes unusable.
The general lifespan of a hoverboard battery could be anything from a few years to a lifetime – depending on how often it is used and how well the battery is looked after.
Do Weather Conditions Affect A Hoverboard’s Battery Life?
Hoverboards will tend to underperform in very cold and snowy weather conditions. Your self-balancing scooter’s battery will drain much faster in these conditions than they will on a sunny day with hot temperatures.
However, extreme temperatures of any kind, and rough surfaces, will wear your battery pack down more quickly.
Does Age Affect A Hoverboard’s Battery Life?
As the cycles are used up and the battery gets older, you can expect the hoverboard battery to drain faster, as well as require more frequent charging.
If you have owned a hoverboard for a few years, you might have noticed that it needs charging on a more frequent basis. Full charges might not also last as long as they did when you first bought your hoverboard.
How Can I Boost My Hoverboard’s Battery Life?
There are some simple tips and tricks that you can follow in order to maintain the health of your hoverboard’s battery, and ensure that you get the most out of it.
Don’t Let The Battery Drain Completely
Your indicator lights will flash when the battery is low, but you shouldn’t let it run completely flat before you plug it in to charge.
Don’t Overcharge Your Hoverboard Battery.
Your indicator lights will flash when the battery has reached 100%. You should then unplug your hoverboard and not leave the battery to continue charging.
Always Use The Original Charger
The best idea is to use the hoverboard charger that was provided with your purchase. The manufacturer will have specifically chosen the best type of charger for their board.
Charge During Periods Of Non-Use
It is a good idea to plug your hoverboard in to charge every once in a while, especially if you have not used it for a long time. This will help to maintain the battery.
Don’t Charge Halfway
Charging your hoverboard halfway and then draining it will only degrade the battery, so always charge till the indicator lights say it is fully ready.
How Do I Know If My Hoverboard Battery Is Bad?
If, however, you find that your battery is not charging properly, or the hoverboard is not recognizing the charger each time you plug it in, it is probably worth having the battery checked by a professional.
This is a good indication that your hoverboard battery is reaching the end of its lifespan. In rare cases, it might also mean that there is a problem with the battery, motherboard, or charging port.
Can You Replace A Battery In A Hoverboard?
Most hoverboard batteries can be replaced. However, this will depend on the manufacturer of the hoverboard and the type of battery.
As a general rule, battery replacement should be done by a professional.
Trying to replace the battery yourself will result in voiding the warranty, incorrect installation, or, in some cases, accidentally damaging the internal electronics of the hoverboard.
Do Hoverboards Explode?
Exploding batteries is a controversial topic surrounding hoverboards. And this is due to the first-ever hoverboards that were manufactured and released, which were prone to “exploding”.
This was a result of poor-quality batteries and poor design, especially with cheap market imitations that aimed to release at the height of hoverboard popularity.
Hoverboards have improved from a technological standpoint since then, and are better regulated in terms of quality control.
Are Hoverboards Safe?
As with any electrical product, it is important to make sure that you are buying an authentic hoverboard from a genuine seller. However, in general, hoverboards are great fun and safe to use.
Hoverboards, on average, can take at least 2-3 hours to reach a full charge. But this will depend on battery size, battery quality, and battery health – as well as the power of the motherboard and the charger itself.
To get the most out of your hoverboard, be sure to look after it well and stick to the charging instructions.
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